This month we visit Battlecrease Hall in Shepperton to hear from current owners Mike Brennan and Lisa Rollin about their experiences of ghosts, poltergeists and spirits. We also meet the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey for coffee and find out about his work representing the royal family. We also talk to the old boys who worked on the river maintenance of the Thames, dredging and keeping channels clear to ensure no flooding. If only we could go back to those days!
Read all about the crazy eccentricity of the cowboy wedding in Shepperton which took place in 1908. Also how the Friends of St Nicholas are fund raising to look after the beautiful building for future generations and hear about the many local charities you could support in the area which were present at the Rotary’s charity day.
In this month’s issue it is all about money! The council doesn’t have any, but there is funding for community projects available from the Heathrow Community Fund so well worth looking into.
In this months issue you can read plenty about threats to services: the buses, fire station etc. But we look back also at the worst flood in living memory and it is not the one of 3 years ago, but 1947. We can be thankful at least that we have seen some improvements in infrastructure since then.
This is our last issue of the year (and the first of next year as we are doing a joint issue for the first time). We hear about the schools public speaking competition, about the local brewing heritage and about the winners of Spelthorne in Bloom.
As well as reflecting on Armistice Day with a fantastic cover from Amy Hannaford Cooper, the super talented 11 year old from Shepperton, we take another trip to Shepperton Studios, behind the scenes and meet the Prop Master. We also share some memories of The Hovel which is well remembered by many, not necessarily for the food!
This month we carry articles on safety in the water following the tragic death of a teenager. We also look behind the scenes at Motion Capture at Shepperton Studios and hear about one Shepperton lady’s quest to help youngsters in African get an education.
Well, what a month! Celebrations in Shepperton when it found it had been voted one of the happiest places in the UK. We have a look at why. We have coffee with Diana Moran, the Green Goddess and talk health and fitness in later years and we hear about the mystery of the Millais Window in St Magdalen’s Church, Littleton.
What an issue this is. Local events galore. We have a review of the wonderful Shepperton Fair, as well as the Laleham Open Gardens. We also say goodbye to the old Mayor of Spelthorne and welcome the new one in, Alfred Friday, who has plans to make Spelthorne sparkle during his term.
As well as our usual look at Shepperton of yesteryear, we meet Fat Al, the strongman of Shepperton, who has just opened his own gym by Nauticalia. We also hear about the talent at Thamesmead School through their annual Songstar competition. Finally, we hear about the bee society and find out that we could actually learn a lot from their ways of interacting.
Bridal fashion truly comes to Shepperton, at an affordable price. The Princess Alice Hospice shop now boasts a special floor of wedding dresses, prom dresses and outfits for the mother of the bride. Brilliant. We also meet Stephen Kettle, slate sculptor to some rather special clients.